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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Richard Branson Lived here
This is where Virgin man Richard Branson once lived
Location: 11 Holland Park, London
Description: This is where Richard Branson once called home - his London pile in Holland Park.
The billionaire originally bought it as an investment and for Virgin's foreign-based staff to use when they were in London for training, although it later became the family home.
The Grade II listed building is five storeys high and has 12 bedrooms and a swimming pool.
As well as the London property, Sir Richard also owns a 120-acre estate in Kidlington, near Oxford, where the couple tend to stay when they are in the UK, and an 8million apartment in Sydney harbour, which he bought when Virgin Blue Airlines, which covers Australia and New Zealand, was launched.
In addition he also owns Necker and a private game reserve in South Africa.
Sir Richard previously owned a second property in Holland Park, next door to his current home, which he bought in 1988 for less than 2million as a wedding present for his wife, and sold in 2000 for 8million.
In 2006 it put on the market for 17.5m.